Sunday, November 29, 2009

From the NWI.com site:

OFFBEAT: TV's 'Family Affair' actress has new cookbook for Thanksgiving

Last month while in Chicago I felt like I was in a television time warp.
It was days before Halloween and I had spent the morning at the Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre interviewing the finger-snapping cast of the new Broadway show "The Addams Family" and was on my way for lunch at Macy's with actress Kathy Garver aka older sister Cissy on the CBS TV show "Family Affair."
Ironically, both of these shows were on the air at the same time, though the creepy Addams clan couldn't have been more different, in addition to airing on competing network ABC.
(Check out my "Black Friday" Off Beat column for the complete scoop on the new "Addams Family" Broadway show debut in Chicago.)
As for Garver, she has written a great new cookbook with some help from author Geoffrey Mark. It even includes a foreword by actress Dawn Wells aka sweet farmgirl Mary Ann Summers from "Gilligan's Island."
This 170-page paperback called "The Family Affair Cookbook" (2009 BearManor Media $19.95) really packs in plenty of rare, vintage photos, in addition to great facts, tidbits plus a nice selection of recipes.
Remember, of the entire show cast, actor Brian Keith (1921-1997), who played the father, fussy Sabastian Cabot (1918-1977), who played butler Mr. French and child actress Anissa Jones (1958-1976) who played Buffy, all died years ago.
Today, only Garver and child actor Johnny Whitaker, 50, who played Jody, still remain.
Making things even more difficult is that this book had been planned more than a decade ago. However, a tragic fire destroyed Garver's house in California and most of her personal records and memorabilia from her career was lost. Amazingly, she's been able to replace many things.
One of the reasons I decided to wait a few weeks to run this column is because of a great photo included in the cookbook of Garver with Cabot, on the cover of a TV magazine promoting them as the broadcast hosts for Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast.
Also, by running this feature in a Wednesday's edition, it gave me an added excuse to run a "bonus" recipe for readers to try, taken right from Garver's book. Notice the little narrative lead-in included with the recipe. It's one of the most wonderful features of her book, the included highlights she shares, along with fascinating tie-ins to the show and each recipe she showcases. Enjoy!
From Episode 9, you see a common trend in this TV series. We are often shown at the dinner table eating nondescript meals. Sometimes, the prop people didn't even give us real food -- we just pushed ersatz imposters around on our plates while we said our lines. I was watching this episode recently and noticed this dish, which was real because I remembered eating it and enjoying it. I am sure you will too!
Creamed Cauliflower and Peas
1 large cauliflower, separated into florets
Sprinkle of salt
1(10-ounce) package frozen peas
Splash of milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter (divided use)
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 tablespoon nutmeg
1/4 tablespoon white pepper
1 cup light cream
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
DIRECTIONS: Cook cauliflower in 1-1/2 cups water and salt; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Cook peas in 1/4 cup water and a sprinkle of salt; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 5 minutes. Drain peas, reserving cooking water. Add enough milk to the water to create 2 cups of liquid, then set aside. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saute pan and add onion, cooking until golden. Remove onion from heat and stir in flour, nutmeg, pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the reserved liquid and cream and return to heat, stirring constantly. Gently combine peas, cauliflower and sauce in a buttered casserole. Bake uncovered 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 12 servings.
- - Courtesy of "The Family Affair Cookbook," by Kathy Garver (2009 BearManor Media $19.95)

Thursday, November 26, 2009



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Dave White interviewed our own former child-actress Sybil Jason about her books, My 15 Minutes and 5 Minutes More, on his show tonight. The resulting PR says about the books "both of which are delightful romps about Sybil’s years in Hollywood and the many stars she knew and worked with. This interview is especially timely as on Monday, Nov. 23, Turner Classic Movies will be featuring a tribute to Sybil on her birthday by broadcasting four of her films including Little Big Shot (1935), I Found Stella Parish (1935), The Captain’s Kid (1936), and The Great O’Malley (1937). In between the flicks, TMC will share some short Jason features including TV interviews and clips from her other movies." You can listen to the radio show over your computers 24/7 once it's posted on the http://www.audioentertainm/ent.org/dwp on Wednesday, the 25th.
P.S. - Happy birthday, Sybil!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Hank Moonjean (Bring in the Peacocks), Annette D'Agostino (Harold Lloyd), and Scott O'Brien (Virginia Bruce) for earning the "Best Book of the Year" designation by Classic Images magazine; Hank Moonjean (Bring in the Peacocks) for "Funniest Book of the Year"; Wright King and Sandra Grabman (No Retakes!) for "Best TV Book of the Year"; and Diane Kachmar and David Goudsward (The Fly at Fifty) for "Best Cover of the Year"! You did your publisher proud!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Congrats, Author Mike Pingel!


Look whose Brady Bunch book is on Zap2it.com's 2009 gift-giving guide! Way to go, Mike!



Friday, November 20, 2009

All Things Brady


Author Mike Pengel brings us up to date on his activities regarding his book about The Brady Bunch:

Interview:

Leeza Gibbon's Hollywood Confidential - interview with Mike Pingel will air this weekend: Nov 13 & 14, 2009

Radio show:

Nov 9th - 1/2 hour interview on KGAL-AM with Radio Ray in Oregon

Web Stories:

Entertainment Tonight coverage on their website
Also seen online websites last week:
Bearortic.com > ethansays.com> NextHottiesModel.com

Wes Britton says...


Once again, variety is the theme of the newest edition of online radio’s “Dave White Presents”!


For example, part one of this week’s double-feature will be Wes Britton’s conversation with keyboardist Mark Wietz, a founding member of the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Mark will tell us the story of the SAC, the composition of “Incense and Peppermints,” all about the group’s appearances in two cult films of the ‘70s, and how film critic Roger Ebert helped reunite the band in 2007— and what SAC is currently recording in the studio!


Then, Dave White will talk with former child-actress Sybil Jason about her books, My 15 Minutes and 5 Minutes More, both of which are delightful romps about Sybil’s years in Hollywood and the many stars she knew and worked with. This interview is especially timely as on Monday, Nov. 23, Turner Classic Movies will be featuring a tribute to Syblil on her birthday by broadcasting four of her films including Little Big Shot (1935), I Found Stella Parish (1935), The Captain’s Kid (1936), and The Great O’Malley (1937). In between the flicks, TMC will share some short Jason features including TV interviews and clips from her other movies.


So check out the films on Monday and join us Tuesday, Nov. 24 for 90 minutes of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Sybil Jason, “Poor David’s Almanac,” and the usual unusual “Predictably Unpredictable” comedy airing at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 10:30 EST over—

www.KSAV.org


The next day, Wednesday Nov. 25, the show will be available for 24/7 access at—

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp


Hear you then!


Wesley Britton
WWW.Spywise.net

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

our author, Herbie J Pilato


Hello Everyone -
One of the bands I manage, "Frank's Rat Pack," is performing this Friday night, November 20th, at PaRe Resturant in Pittsford, NY. Show time is 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
So come out and join in on the fun - and tell all your friends.
And please feel free to call me with any questions - and to visit our website, www.FranksRatPackShow.com. for more information.
Meanwhile, too, contact information for PaRa Resturant is listed below. Call and make your reservations today.
All the best,
Herbie J
Herbie J Pilato
Creative Director
Frank's Rat Pack
17306 Stowers Avenue
Cerritos, CA 90703
310.480.0067
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PaRe Restaurant
2833 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY
585.244-4890

the new Ray Danton book


It's out in just a couple weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

it's a Brady Bunch day!


Click on the cover to read the new article, and here to listen to the author!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bob Mills is everywhere



And now you can hear him everywhere! Click on the cover to get a taste of his new audio book.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

can't get enough of Phil Hall



The man knows how to get publicity for his book! Click on the cover to read the new article.